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Poll Results: Which Company Is #1 In Your Book?

 
  • 53% (14)
    EK
  • 0% (0)
    Koolance
  • 3% (1)
    Monsoon
  • 0% (0)
    Swiftech
  • 0% (0)
    TFC
  • 26% (7)
    XSPC
  • 15% (4)
    Other
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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Simple question--If you could select one company to fill your water-cooled rig up with, which one would it be? I'm talking about everything possible that the company makes--pumps, res, rads, fittings, blocks, hoses (?). I realize that not one company makes every single thing and you usually have to "mix & match" in order to build a WC loop, but if you were to give your best bud your highest recommendations, who would it be, and why?

XSPC
EK
Koolance
Monsoon
Swiftech
The Feser Company
????

I have an idea for a future build and am doing some research at the moment.

I guess the real question would be which company would you consider using the majority of your parts from? I'd like to know the main reasons--you like their color selections, you know that they're dependable, cheap, worth the money you spend on them, etc.
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post #2 of 13
EK for CPU/RAM/VRM blocks for those 3 thier known to be the best, id also use thier X-Top on the pump (running one currently)

XSPC for those sexy full cover razor gpu blocks and backplates. i cannot pass up how clean these look, or how well they perform.

Swiftech MCP 35X water pump for reliability and flow/head pressure. also swiftech rads because i love the quiet power series.

all 3 of the above companies are worth the money for those certain parts. quality is way above average also.
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post #3 of 13
XSPC , because of the GPU and CPU block that looks cooler than the simple square block from EK ( i loved the old design that was their big logo on it )

their Radiators , and now with the new RX series ( or whatever its called )

they got some fittings yo! lol

and i think they got tubing too biggrin.gif

and their reservoirs


XSPC got it all ( almost )
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post #4 of 13
EK for blocks. HWLabs for radiators.
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post #5 of 13
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One of the main reasons that I got the XSPC RayStorm block was because I could change out the LEDs :-) but I've seen some sexy EK stuff as well. I got the Swiftech MCP655TM because I like the way it looks, looks like a simple little mechanical device. People who don't know anything about water-cooling a computer freak out when they realize that there's a small water pump inside of a computer LOL.
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post #6 of 13

CPU/GPU Blocks: EK. I like their simple aesthetics, that allow you to show off your coolant properly. And they aren't gaudy like Aquacomputer.

 

Radiators: HardwareLabs. Just flat out the highest quality radiators on the market.

 

Reservoir: EK/Aquacomputer/XSPC (Photon in particular)/Bitspower.

 

Fittings: Bitspower/Monsoon. Aesthetics and quality.

 

Pump: Whoever makes the D5 vario strong the cheapest without the god-awful stock pump top. Generally XSPC. Refuse to buy Swiftech branded pumps because of their incredibly stupid warranty policy.

 

Tubing: Soft=Primochill Advanced LRT. Hard=McMaster-Carr (cheap and good quality), and a local plastics store in DFW.

post #7 of 13
Koolance for cpu
Watercool for gpu
Cool laboratory for rad 1
Magicool for rad 2
And Phobya for most of my fittings
Liang for pump.
post #8 of 13
Aquacomputer Damn its pricey though.
Have some of their gear. res, aquaero 6XT. Would love to go with more of their goodies. To much cubic money for me though.

As it stands right now..
XSPC raystorm copper cpu block.
Watercool heatkiller gpu blocks.
Alphacool rads.
post #9 of 13
Ek 100% for water cooling stuff. I've been checking out their cpu ln2 pot also but I went with a kingpin extreme instead for now.
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post #10 of 13
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Yeah, know what you mean...but I scored an AquaComputer Aqualis PRO Nano Coated Reservoir w/LED 34040 for $70 on Ebay. I love the fact that it's made out of glass, wanted something "out of the ordinary" for my near-future build. I almost went XSPC on the res, but I saw a picture of the Aqualis somewhere and fell in love heart.gif
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Aquacomputer Damn its pricey though.
Have some of their gear. res, aquaero 6XT. Would love to go with more of their goodies. To much cubic money for me though.

As it stands right now..
XSPC raystorm copper cpu block.
Watercool heatkiller gpu blocks.
Alphacool rads.
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